Since the Gladys Porter Zoo opened in 1971, it has never been the home to nurse sharks, which can grow up to 13 feet. The Zoo is excited to announce that they have added two males to their collection last month. These two male nurse sharks were brought from the Mississippi Aquarium and are now living in the 30,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico tank found in the Russell Aquatic Ecology Center. The sharks are about five feet long and are definitely larger than any other species the zoo has ever housed.
By Herb Moering
Running a business, especially a large operation, is not without complications in these times. Bob and Dana Huck’s Tropical Star Nursery in Alamo is just one example.
The couple was slated to be recognized at a City of Alamo Museum reception on Feb. 25 for the donation of vintage women’s dresses from the era of the 1900s to the 1920s. Wouldn’t you know it, a business emergency cropped up requiring the Hucks to transport 15,500 seedlings of watermelon, tomatoes, and cabbage to Houston truck farmers when their normal hauler couldn’t guarantee delivery due to the huge backlog caused by the winter storm.
Quinta Mazatlán is celebrating Irish Heritage Month by hosting Champion Irish Dancer and Director of McAllen Irish Arts, Angelika Eleni Ruiz on Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on The Back Porch at Quinta Mazatlán—located at 600 Sunset Drive. Angelika will discuss the history of Irish dancing, the different styles of dance, and will conclude with a cultural dance lesson.
With over 25 years of experience in competitive dancing, Angelika Ruiz is as spirited as the music she so passionately dances to. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ruiz had the opportunity live in Dublin, Ireland to finish her postgraduate studies at Trinity College before moving to Florianopolis, Brazil. Ruiz now calls McAllen, Texas home and has launched ‘McAllen Irish Arts’ out of the Creative Incubator.
It seems to me that the best thing we can do right now is to look forward. Certainly, looking back at what we have gone through this season does not bring us too many happy memories. If we look outside, all those dead plants do not present a very pretty picture either. But it is going to get better!
Certainly, we have had plenty of time to reevaluate and I have good news for those of you who have requested the Painted Churches. As I looked at some of the tours and routes, I realized why not? Why not - for the Winter Texan Season - combine the Painted Churches with the Waco Magnolia Silos Tour. That should have been a no brainer all along. It is a straight shot up Highway 77 to Schulenburg, home of the famous Painted Churches. Not only that, but there is a perfect place for lunch in Schulenburg.
An exhibition of photographs by members of the Upper Valley Art League will open on Friday, March 12, at the Kika de la Garza Fine Arts Center Gallery.
After a hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, this year’s exhibition will showcase various styles of photography ranging from traditional, digital, and mobile created by UVAL members.
The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Spring Member Market. The outdoor event will happen Friday, March 12, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Chamber Depot located at 602 W. University Dr.
The chamber’s Spring Member Market will allow attendees to discover new products and services from different Edinburg Chamber vendors and creators.
By Herb Moering
The look was different for the Ron Hoover RV & Marine Center Boat Show this past weekend in Donna. Masks were the order of the day in the huge showroom and on the grounds where some 50 plus business vendors set up shop under huge tents along with displays of boats, travel and camper trailers, motor coaches and golf carts.